Triolet, Elsa

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Triolet, Elsa Gender: F
Kagan, Elsa
born on 12 September 1896 at 03:30 (= 03:30 AM )
Place Moscow, Russian Federation, 55n45, 37e35
Timezone MMT h2e30 (is standard time)
Data source
Orig source not known
Rodden Rating C
Collector: Taeger
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_vircol.18.gif 19°45' s_mo.18.gif s_scocol.18.gif 21°56 Asc.s_leocol.18.gif 29°36'

Elsa Triolet


French writer.

Born into a Jewish family. Elsa graduated from the Moscow Institute of Architecture.

Elsa enjoyed poetry and in 1915 befriended the aspiring futurist poet and graphic artist Vladimir Mayakovsky. When she invited him home, the poet fell madly in love with her older sister Lilya, who was married to Osip Brik. Elsa was the first to translate Mayakovsky's poetry (as well as volumes of other Russian-language poetry) to French.

In 1918, at the outset of Russian Civil War, Elsa married the French cavalry officer André Triolet and emigrated to France, but for years in her letters to Lilya Elsa admitted to being heartbroken. Later she divorced Triolet.

In the early 1920s, Elsa described her visit to Tahiti in her letters to Victor Shklovsky, who subsequently showed them to Maxim Gorky. Gorky suggested that the author should consider a literary career. The 1925 book In Tahiti, written in Russian, was based on these letters.

In 1928 Elsa met French writer Louis Aragon. They married and stayed together for 42 years. She influenced Aragon to join the French Communist Party. Triolet and Aragon fought in the French Resistance.

In 1944 Triolet was the first woman to be awarded the Prix Goncourt.

She died, aged 73, in Moulin de Villeneuve, Saint-Arnoult-en-Yvelines, France of a heart attack on 16 June 1970.

In 2010, La Poste, the French post office, issued three stamps honoring Triolet.

Link to Wikipedia biography



  • Work : Prize 1944 (Prix Goncourt)

Source Notes

Taeger quotes Lescaut vol 9 who quotes L'astrologue nr. 73, original source is unknown


  • Vocation : Writers : Fiction
  • Notable : Awards : Other Awards (Prix Gouncourt)